US federal agents have now been given brand new powers to actually seize travelers’ laptops, iPods and other electronic devices, according to the Washington Post. As well with the new powers, they can hold the seized objects for a unspecified period of time – see any potential abuse of power in it?
These come after recently disclosed Department of Homeland Security policies say that such seizures maybe carried out without any suspicion of wrong doing – meaning that if you were not suspected of being a terrorist, you will still have your iPod taken.
Homeland Security officials have said that they were needed to prevent terrorism. Anyone, including their own citizens, can and will have their electronics seized by officials at the border. And it does not stop at electronics – books, pamphlets and other written materials can be seized as well.
That’s one less reason to go to the US now.